Curiosity Rover Skids Away from Unexpected Sand Trap

August 19, 2014 4:57 PM

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Treacherous sands became an unexpected obstacle for NASA's Curiosity rover in July, and now the Mars traveler has been forced to change course, targeting a new geological formation for the next stage of its survey mission.

Photos released by NASA reveal exactly what you might have expected. Rover tracks mar the wavy and sun-bleached sands of the Red Planet, with deep, back-and-forth patterns reminiscent of a car stuck in the mud.

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